Isolation, in part by creating well-designed, warm settings for the home, is a growing theme when the topic of luxury interiors comes up today, as the world works its way through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Metrica is a company based in Greenwich, CT, with two other offices in Germany, focusing on creating precise, customized luxurious interiors for residences and yachts – the finest materials combined with fine craftsmanship. The company also makes bespoke furniture for clients. Their client portfolio spans North America and Europe – including places like Aspen, New York, Beverly Hills, and Palm Beach.
Regarding Luxury spoke with Mark Mantione, North American CEO of metrica, to discuss how luxury is changing in today’s unprecedented times, and how companies like metrica are creating safe, secure environments for their clients, and what it means to design a comfortable, secure, and high-end interior.
The images are from metrica’s Stiller House project in Florida.
What is your definition of luxury, and what do you think it will look like post virus?
Luxury is all about sharing life’s best experiences with loved ones. I truly believe that this idea will continue post-pandemic with one caveat; those experiences will be much more centred in one’s own environment, whether it be their home or yacht. Safety and security have always been a top priority in the UHNW (ultra high net worth) world, and now we can add health and wellbeing into the mix. This means that clients will look to be able to experience more and more without having to venture into public arenas to do so.
How will luxury lifestyle, and the perception of what luxury is, change?
In terms of a luxury lifestyle, we will be seeing fewer clubs, resorts, and public places, and more time spent in exclusive and private settings.
What are some of the leading trends in terms of luxury interiors that will emerge after the virus is gone?
A main focus is going to be on occupant health, which can mean a number of things, such as: superior airflow management in spaces to prevent transfer of germs; easily cleanable surfaces like stainless steel in kitchens; closed pore finishes on wood; prepared rooms for extended living conditions complete with stocked pantries; oxygen supply; and of course, enterprise level Wi-Fi to accommodate entire families working, schooling, and streaming from home.
What are you hearing now, from clients?
Clients want the flexibility to be able to “hunker down” in a very secure, well-appointed home for extended periods of limited public contact. Features like VR skiing, golf simulators, and entire wall video monitors in home gyms allow for remote trainers to look and feel as if they were in the home are just a few of these experiences.
Do you expect these changes in people’s perceptions of interior design to be permanent? Will they be with us over the long haul?
These changes in people’s perceptions of interior design will certainly be with us for the long haul.
Since 9/11,there’s been an increase in security on land and sea, proving that people think about and remember what a crisis is, and how bad it could get. The sentiment among scientists is that there will be more pandemics in the not so distant future and if we are not prepared, the consequences can be much worse than our current situation.
How is metrica as a company going to evolve and respond to what will be a new world?
Collaboration, engineering and research. This has always been part of metrica’s proactive approach to each and every project; constantly looking to push the envelope in what may be possible. Incorporating leading architectural and interior design parameters of what the world’s wealthiest clients want by research, development, engineering and an unwavering focus on quality is what makes metrica the leading luxury interiors company globally.